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Rosie O’Donnell Departs “The View”

Citing disagreements during contract talks;  “They wanted me three years, I wanted one year, and it just didn’t work,” Rosie O’Donney announced today on The View that her tenure on the show will come to an end this year.

Rosie will still be on the show, just not full time:  “I’m not going away. I’m just not going to be here every day,” added O’Donnell.

Barbara Walters, creator and co-executive producer of The View had the following to say:

“We have had, to say the least, an interesting year … an exciting, fun-filled, provocative year. We have all gotten together and you will be missed,” Walters said, adding, “I do not participate in the negotiations for Rosie. It was between your representatives and agents. This is not my doing.”

O’Donnell said: “This has been an amazing experience, and one I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Working with Barbara, Joy and Elisabeth has been one of the highlights of my career, but my needs for the future just didn’t dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me. To all the viewers out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’ for opening up your hearts and your homes to me this past year. But you can always find me at rosie.com. Here’s hoping there’s more confetti for all of us going forward.”

A source close to O’Donnell reported to ABC News that working on the show has been stressful for her.  The source also added that O’Donnell will pursue other TV show opportunities.Barbara Walters added on today’s show that they haven’t “thought about a replacement”.

Despite some controversial times during Rosie’s stay, the series has shown an increase in audience with her on board.
Source: ABC NewsO’Donnell Leaving ‘The View’ 

  • DENISE MAGASTER

    I THOUGHT ‘THE VIEW’ WAS JUST THAT, A PERSON’S VIEW/OPINION ON CURRENT AFFAIRS. THIS IS THE SECOND COHOST IN A YEAR THAT HAS LEFT, MAYBE ‘THE VIEW’ SHOULD STAND BACK A REVIEW THAT. AS FAR AS THE IMUS ISSUE,, AL SHARPTON IS THE BIGGEST RACIAST, WHERE WAS HE WHEN THOSE TWO YOUNG AUXILLARY OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE VILLAGE? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO CLEANS HIS HOUSE IN THE ENGLEWOOD SECTION OF NJ. I ENJOY THE BANTER ON THE SHOW. IT SHOWED THAT POLITICIANS & PEOPLE WITH MONEY WERE NOT PULLING THE STRINGS. MAYBE IT IS TIME MY FAMILY TURNS THE CHANNEL AT 11:00 AM. I BELIEVE THAT AN EMPLOYER/PARTNER SHOULD STAND BY THEIR PEOPLE, WE ALL KNEW ROSIE BELIEVES IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH, MAYBE SOMEONE AT THE VIEW DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK,

  • DENISE MAGASTER

    I THOUGHT ‘THE VIEW’ WAS JUST THAT, A PERSON’S VIEW/OPINION ON CURRENT AFFAIRS. THIS IS THE SECOND COHOST IN A YEAR THAT HAS LEFT, MAYBE ‘THE VIEW’ SHOULD STAND BACK A REVIEW THAT. AS FAR AS THE IMUS ISSUE,, AL SHARPTON IS THE BIGGEST RACIAST, WHERE WAS HE WHEN THOSE TWO YOUNG AUXILLARY OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE VILLAGE? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO CLEANS HIS HOUSE IN THE ENGLEWOOD SECTION OF NJ. I ENJOY THE BANTER ON THE SHOW. IT SHOWED THAT POLITICIANS & PEOPLE WITH MONEY WERE NOT PULLING THE STRINGS. MAYBE IT IS TIME MY FAMILY TURNS THE CHANNEL AT 11:00 AM. I BELIEVE THAT AN EMPLOYER/PARTNER SHOULD STAND BY THEIR PEOPLE, WE ALL KNEW ROSIE BELIEVES IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH, MAYBE SOMEONE AT THE VIEW DID NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK,